10 Mar 2012

who sees

Does a person who sees a vision see it through the soul or through the spirit? 
The Saviour answered and said, "A person sees neither through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind, which is between the two, that is what sees the vision."

[From 'The Gospel of Mary', found in the Berlin Gnostic Codex; Ch5, Lines 10, 11]


Page from 'The Gospel of Mary'. Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 3252 

A Different View of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene has Taoist and Buddhist concepts presented in first century Christian Semantics.
Jesus is quoted as saying that "All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone."
This is very similar to the Taoist concept of Oneness as expressed in Chapter 34 of Tao Teh Ching, Speaking of the Tao it says "All things derive their life from it [Tao] All things return to it, and it contains them."
Another portion of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene describes a soul's journey after death and the challenges it overcomes. These passages are much like The Tibetan Book of the Dead which reveals the Peaceful and Wrathful Dieties a soul encounters during its journey after it has separated from the body at death.
This is very similar to this portion of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, "When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, (which) took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven {powers} of wrath."

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